Re: [h_t_rex] Sunmart
- Thanks for all the congrats. I agree with Mary that Saturday was a
special day. There was also something pretty special about the
determination that Mary showed when she headed back out for the 4th lap
and made the cutoff.
As for me, I was a bit surprised that I was there at all. My wife had
been sick the week before and I was concerned about possibly catching
her bug. On Thursday morning I woke with a sore throat and by afternoon
felt pretty tired and weak. On Friday I felt a bit better, but not
great. I thought about not even picking up the race packet, but decided
to keep my options open. When I picked up the chip, I even asked how to
return it just in case I didn't run.
Fortunately, when I woke Saturday I felt pretty good again and decided
to run. Later, when I was out running, I felt great!
It was my first 50 miler and I made a number of planning (or lack
thereof) errors, but overall I got lucky and everything came together
just right. My hydration and nutrition worked out well. I think it was
the first run of marathon or greater length that I didn't run out of gas
at the end.
During the downhills I heard Mariela's voice in my head saying "Don't
waste a good downhill", so I didn't. During the early laps when I wanted
to pick up the pace, I heard Miles' voice advising me to "resist the
temptation". I managed the heat by dumping a cup of water on my head and
neck at most every aid station. Given what others have said I probably
shouldn't say this, but for me, the heat wasn't really a factor.
Bottom line, I had a great day!
Thanks to all. See you on the trails.....
Miles Klaff wrote:
> Congratulations Mary and Kevin (and all of the rest of you too...)!
> Mary, that's the way to gut it out! You're nails! And just think, this
> is now your 50 mile PR, which you will undoubtedly smash at your next 50
> Kevin, looking forward to hearing how you managed in that heat. All I
> could think of Saturday was how glad I was that I wasn't out there. So
> would have bailed after 3 (or maybe 2) loops! Great job.
> You guys get some rest & eat and drink well this week. Recovery is
> really important after that kind of effort.
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Mary Ntefidou <maria_ntefidou@...>
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Sunday, December 9, 2007 9:54:25 AM
> Subject: Re: [h_t_rex] Sunmart
> Yesterday was a special day.
> I finished 7 min before cut off as the last woman. It doesn't sound
> great? Well, it was. I am not gona tell you how the 50mi felt, you all
> know that better than me. But I want to tell you how happy I was every
> time I saw one of you. That made all the difference.
> A few more remarks. Because I was so close to the cut off times I was
> running against the clock, calculating, hoping, giving up, more
> calculations. .. That was no fun, and I thought how much more intense it
> must feel like for the runners who run competitive.
> For nutrition I used Ensure again. At this long distance it worked even
> better. I was surprised that the energy level never dropped until the
> end. Besides Ensure I had gels, and electrolytes, and of course water.
> In my feeling Ensure was the one that kept me going. Thanks to Mariela
> and Denise for that tip.
> Never again I am going to use a hand held water bottle for distances
> over 50k. I had it. I wanted to toss away that damn thing at every trash
> can I passed but it was so hot that it was out of question.
> Thanks to the runners who helped me made the cut offs, and to Denise who
> had to wait for the last runners.
> Mariela, I find it great that you are going to write to R. Soler about
> the littering of the trails. As the day past, and believe me I saw it
> all, morning-afternoon- night, it made me sad and I felt quilty about
> how this beautiful park was changing by the hour.
> See you on the trails,
- Hi Miles,Can you pick up the Sunmart packet tomorrow?If it is more convient to you don't bring the back to the race. I will only need the bib with pins and the chip.Meet at the HCTR tent? Or just leave the bib+chip to somebody there.Thank you,Mary
- Hi Mary. No problem at all. I'll bring it to the HCTR tent Saturday morning. Dress warm! Looks like a chilly start (but a beautiful day overall). If you want to call Saturday morning, my cell # is 713.516.6080.MilesOn Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 10:03 AM, Mary Ntefidou <maria_ntefidou@...> wrote:Hi Miles,Can you pick up the Sunmart packet tomorrow?If it is more convient to you don't bring the back to the race. I will only need the bib with pins and the chip.Meet at the HCTR tent? Or just leave the bib+chip to somebody there.Thank you,Mary